Q: Is alcoholism grounds for loss of child custody?
Husband is intoxicated and unsafe with children but refuses to leave home. What do I do? I am afraid he will get partial custody if i take it to court and I'm terrified of my kids being in his care while under the influence
A: That would certainly be a factor in a custody (parenting) determination. However, courts tend to want both parents involved in the children's lives. Without documented abuse, it is difficult to fully terminate parental rights. If the alcoholism is well documented (arrests for DUI, etc.), you MAY be able to get favorable custody split, and he may only be allowed supervised visitation, etc. However, you would need to consult with an attorney to review the specifics of your situation.
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